Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have some simplicity. Actually I rarely ever stray from simplicity with my food, but sometimes I go even simpler. The dinner I had last week is a perfect example of this.
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Ready for my simple dinner recipe?
Amongst late nights, early starts, constant dust, mess and physical labour, piles of boxes (excuse the late night iPhone pics)…
…and a general attitude of “just hang in there, it won’t be too much longer until your closest relationship is with more than a cardboard box, paint brush or gardening gloves”…
I need fresh, delicious simplicity.
Beautiful simple meals and nurturing simple practices ground me and allow me to find some calm in stressful times, like right now. Maybe that seems like too much to expect of a simple meal but for me it works.
It comes as no surprise to me that food is not only a source of enjoyment, but a way of getting in touch with the emotion I am experiencing, and a way of expressing or releasing it. This is not just the act of eating itself but in the preparation of it. At the same time, I don’t always love being in the kitchen, thus why simple meals also fulfill my need for quick, easy, clean eats that my taste buds adore and my body is nourished by.
This meal did all of the above. The two parts of this meal are wonderful separately or paired with another recipe of your choosing, but together they create such simple magic that I just had to share. I often refrain from sharing my simplest meals because they are so, well, simple. Then I remind myself that if simplicity is what I love best then you may enjoy these simple combinations of the freshest, healthiest ingredients too.
Dill Green Salad and Baked Parsnip Chips
For the salad:
150 grams baby spinach
4 tablespoons of fresh dill, roughly chopped
1/3 cucumber, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1cm of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
4 drops of stevia
1/2-1 tablespoon of high quality mustard of choice
For the parsnip chips:
3 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (or other oil of choice)
Herb salt or sea salt and black pepper to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F. Place the parsnip rounds on baking paper on a baking tray and put into the oven.
While your parsnip is baking, wash and prepare all your salad ingredients. Place all the vegetables in a bowl and then add your lemon juice, mustard and stevia. Toss well until the greens are lightly coated. You can add as much mustard, stevia and lemon juice as you like.
Set the salad aside until the parsnips are lightly browned and a bit crispy on the edges. Don’t eat any burnt bits!
Drizzle a little oil and sea salt, dried herbs and pepper to your liking on the parsnip chips.
Eat your salad and parsnip chips side by side, or do as I do and put your parsnip chips into your salad bowl and eat together. The combination of slightly sweet, tangy, crisp and herby from the salad with the salty, hot, lightly oiled chips is amazing together! You could also chop an avocado into your salad for extra depth and creaminess. Mmmmm, I want some now!
Let me know if you try this simple meal!
Question for you: What’s your favourite ultra simple meal that totally satisfies you? Please leave me a comment and let us drool together .